Rep. Barrett backs measure requiring state budget by July 1

Early spending blueprint helps local governments, schools plan   State Rep. Tom Barrett today said he has signed on in support of a House resolution requiring the Michigan Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1. Barrett, of Potterville, said House Joint Resolution X amends the Michigan Constitution to set the…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet takes place Friday, Sept. 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Sophia’s House of Pancakes located at 1010 Charlevoix Drive in Grand Ledge. “In order to be an effective legislator, sitting down…

Rep. Barrett bill removes obstacles for military voters

State Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville today introduced legislation to make it easier for active-duty members of the military to vote while serving away from home. The federal Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment (MOVE) Act requires states to provide absentee ballots to active-duty military members in one electronic format – email, fax, or an online…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to August coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet takes place Monday, Aug. 28 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Dimitri’s Restaurant located at 6334 W. Saginaw Hwy in Lansing. “Meeting with the folks of Eaton County is what helps make…

Rep. Barrett law protecting pilots, train conductors goes into effect

A new law, sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, goes into effect today setting a five-year felony sentencing guideline and up to a $10,000 fine for pointing a beam of directed energy, such as a laser, at or in the path of an aircraft or train. Barrett’s legislation, along with a partner bill by state…

Rep. Barrett: House successful during first six months of session

Legislature works on priorities important to Michiganders State Rep. Tom Barrett today said eliminating opioid abuse, providing more skilled trades training opportunities and reducing the size of state government are just a few of the important issues the Michigan House has successfully achieved in the first half of the year. Barrett, of Potterville, said the…

Rep. Barrett speaks on charges resulting from GRHV investigation

State Rep. Tom Barrett today issued a statement on the criminal charges coming out of Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into alleged mistreatment of patients at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV). Eleven former caregivers at the GRHV were charged Monday by Schuette for intentional inclusion in patient medical records or charts of misleading…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to July coffee hours in Dimondale

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet takes place Monday, July 24 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Mike’s Village Restaurant located at 115 N. Bridge St. in Dimondale. “I always look forward to the opportunity to meet with…

Reps. Barrett, Calley among sponsors for military member license legislation

State Reps. Tom Barrett and Julie Calley sponsored legislation introduced by Rep. Daire Rendon on last week requiring the Secretary of State to create a sticker for active duty military members to place on their driver’s licenses. When active military members are deployed overseas for long periods of time, their driver’s licenses expire. The sticker…

Rep. Barrett to host lunch forum at Grand Ledge American Legion

State Rep. Tom Barrett is hosting a free lunch forum on pipeline and energy infrastructure, as well as veterans issues, at the American Legion in Grand Ledge at noon on Saturday. Rep. Barrett will be accompanied by Vets4Energy, a non-profit group of volunteer veterans, to discuss how energy security helps America achieve national security. “Energy…

Rep. Barrett’s employee beer and wine sampling bill signed into law

Employees of beer and wine wholesalers will be able to sample products for educational purposes under a new law sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville. Barrett’s measure, signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder, is part of a broader bipartisan effort to update and streamline licensing of beer and wine wholesalers. “This new law…

Barrett helps add flexibility for continuing education

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, to provide flexibility for the continuing education standards for insurance agents, was signed into law last week by the governor. Previous Michigan law required agents to complete 24 hours of professional development courses over a two-year span to stay up-to-date on proper customer service practices and changing industry…